Travelling is fun. So is coming home.



Tunnels under the Georges Head battery #military #history #sydney #australia

My last half-day in Sydney was spent with the favourite-family-that-is-not-my-own. As a teenager, I babysat my neighbour Pip in Weetangera. Decades later she moved to Pasadena and we became adult friends. She now has three kids who, for some reason, regard me as a fairy godmother who bestows them with unique handmade gifts.

Snakes and Ladders

Blue thing


Car caddy


As always when I spend a night with Pip’s family, I felt very hugged.
It was a wonderful ending to a full-on two weeks.

my sister


Sister and I spent a day in Sydney, wandering here and there, stopping to eat and enjoy the view. Just the two of us. It was perfect :-)

last cuddle

Last cuddle with #coreychannon. Thanks @tuisted for the lovely shot.

Goodbye Corey. You are so very very loved.

felix and cali

Rhea didn’t bring her babies when she visited Tui, so I snuck away for a couple of nights to play with them.


Is this the coolest 2-yr-old in the world, or what?


And um, yeah … can you say gorgeous?

i swam

#beach #mainbeach #goldcoast

Soft sand. Tepid ocean. Of all the world’s beaches, this is the one I know best. It was so so SO good to inhale its salty goodness again.


#sisters @gromitmagick @tuisted


My girls live far apart, and I live even further from them both. I’d only seen them together twice in … a decade maybe? The original plan was that Rhea and I would visit the new baby separately, but Tui made it clear that she wanted “three of us” time, and I’m so glad she did.

My girls, they’re amazing :-)

all the love in the world


My friend Louise commented on yesterday’s post: “One of the reasons for all the love in the world is the deep affection and connection we feel with those new beings born of our relationships.” I couldn’t have said it better.



Sweet little man, so chill. Born five weeks early, now three weeks old. He’s doing great, as is his mummy.

made it


I made it. My suitcase, sadly, did not. But they tracked it down, and we were reunited later in the day. All is well.